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Crown of Thorns
A crown of twisted thorns placed on Jesus’ head before the crucifixion.
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The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Crown of Thorns
Crown of Thorns [Gk. akánthinos stéphanos]. Three of the four Evangelists mention the crown of thorns with which the Roman soldiers derided the captive Christ (Mt. 27:29; Mk. 15:17; Jn. 19:2). All speak of the akanthine (Acanthus) crown, but there is no certainty about the peculiar plant from whose
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
Thorns, Crown of
THORNS, CROWN OF. This was made by the Roman soldiers and placed on the head of Christ when he was mocked before the crucifixion (Mt. 27:29; Mk. 15:17; Jn. 19:2).It was, with the sceptre of reed and the purple robe, symbolic of the fact that he had been said to be King of the Jews. The superscription
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Crown of Thorns
Crown of Thorns (Gk. akánthinos stéphanos).† A wreath, probably fashioned from the leaves and thorns of the akanthos (“thorn”) plant, which Roman soldiers placed on Jesus’ head following his conviction, in derisive imitation of the victory crown given to Roman emperors (Matt. 27:29 par. Mark
The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church
Crown of Thorns
Crown of Thorns. One of the instruments of Christ’s Passion (Jn. 19:2). Its supposed preservation as a relic is first mentioned in the 5th cent., and in the 6th *Cassiodorus refers to it as one of the glories of the earthly *Jerusalem. It is said to have been moved later to *Constantinople. In 1239
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
Crown of thorns
Crown of thorns, Matt. 27:29. Our Lord was crowned with thorns in mockery by the Roman soldiers. Obviously some small flexile thorny shrub is meant; perhaps Capparis spinosa. “Hasselquist, a Swedish naturalist, supposes a very common plant, naba or nubka of the Arabs, with many small and sharp spines;
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
Crown of Thorns
CROWN OF THORNS. The Roman soldiers made a crown out of some thorny plant and crowned our Lord in mockery (Matt. 27:29). “The object was not to cause suffering, but to excite ridicule; so that while we cannot altogether dissociate the idea of something painful from this crown of thorns we must not conceive
Easton’s Bible Dictionary
Crown of thorns
Crown of thornsour Lord was crowned with a, in mockery by the Romans (Matt. 27:29). The object of Pilate’s guard in doing this was probably to insult, and not specially to inflict pain. There is nothing to show that the shrub thus used was, as has been supposed, the spina Christi, which could have been
Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary
Crown of Thorns
CROWN OF THORNS — a mock symbol of authority fashioned by the Roman soldiers and placed on Jesus’ head shortly before His crucifixion (Matt. 27:29; Mark 15:17; John 19:2, 5). Crowns were symbols of honor and authority in the Greek and Roman worlds. Jesus’ crown of thorns was probably meant to make Him
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
CROWN OF THORNS
CROWN OF THORNS<thornz> ([ἀκάνθινος στέφανος, akanthinos stephanos]): Three of the four evangelists mention the crown of thorns, wherewith the rude Roman soldiers derided the captive Christ (Matthew 27:29; Mark 15:17; John 19:2). All speak of the akanthine (Acanthus) crown, but there is no
A Dictionary of Christ and the Gospels: Aaron–Zion
Crown Of Thorns
CROWN OF THORNS (στέφανος ἐξ ἀκανθῶν or ἀκάνθινος στέφανος, Mt 27:29, Mk 15:17, Jn 19:2, 5).—This was plaited by the soldiers and placed on Christ’s head in mockery of His claim to Kingship, after Pilate had condemned Him to be scourged. It was a garland hastily twisted from the twigs of some
Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary
Crown of Thorns
CROWN OF THORNS Crown made by the Roman soldiers to mock Jesus, the “King of the Jews” (Matt. 27:29; Mark 15:18; John 19:3; not mentioned in Luke). The identification of the plant used to plait this crown is unknown. Jesus used the imagery of “thorns” in his teaching in a negative sense (Matt. 7:16;
The Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible, Volume 1, A–C
Crown of Thorns
crown of thorns. The soldiers who were at the crucifixion placed on Jesus’ head a wreath made of thorns (Matt. 27:29; Mk. 15:17; Jn. 19:2, 5). They may have used what is now known as the Syrian Christ-Thorn (Zizyphus spina Christi), which is a 12-ft. shrub, having two large, sharp recurved thorns at
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